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Governor blinks, puts politics and bureaucracy ahead of human lives in the worst decision of his governorship

McCrory contradictionsGovernor Pat McCrory announced a disastrous and destructive decision yesterday in an interview with an AP reporter. When asked whether he would recommend closing the insurance gap that currently leaves a half-million North Carolinians too poor to qualify for Obamcare subsidies and too well-off to qualify for Medicaid, the Guv said: “I will not make any recommendation as to whether or not we extend insurance for the uninsured until the court case because there are so many ramifications of the court case.”

As the story also noted: “The court’s oral arguments are next month and a ruling is expected in the summer, about when the legislature traditionally seeks to adjourn. That could push any legislative action on a recommendation to 2016.”

This means that a half-million struggling North Carolinians will have to wait at least another year for the health insurance they were promised and deserve. In all likelihood, thousands will die unnecessarily. Meanwhile, tax dollars paid by North Carolinians will flow to other states in which Governors (many of the Republican) have had the vision and courage to put human life ahead of politics.

The decision comes after months of dithering by the Governor and in spite of the clear signals sent by his Department of Health and Human Services officials that Medicaid expansion is both the right thing to do and essential to save lives.

The bottom line: If this is truly is his final word on this matter, Pat McCrory has now, officially, made the worst and most destructive decision of his governorship — a decision that puts supposed concerns about bureaucratic hassles ahead of saving human lives. Meanwhile, millions of people in Ohio and Arizona and other conservative states  enjoy access to decent and affordable health insurance on our nickel. Let’s hope and pray the U.S. Supreme Court does the right thing this summer, but whatever happens then and thereafter, Gov. McCrory has now seized the mantle from former chief naysayer Senator Phil Berger and cemented his legacy as the person who denied decent and affordable health care to a half-million of his fellow Tar Heels unnecessarily.

7 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Obamacare is there for these people with affordable health plans for all. Besides, anything the gov proposes would (thankfully) not get past the NCGA.

  2. love my state

    February 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

    great!!! then how about you give up your free health insurance until they make that decision. worst worthless governor ever.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    February 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    ?? I don’t have free health insurance.

  4. love my state

    February 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    pat and burger king do

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    February 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    burger king??….you are sounding more like the hamburgler.

  6. David Waller

    February 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Layinthesmakdown – Medicaid expansion was planned as part of the Affordable Care Act. Single parents making less than $16,000 a year are not eligible for ACA subsidized health care, they are supposed to be covered by expanded Medicaid. Now they’re not covered at all. Leslie Boyd is an active leader in the push to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program so that some 500,000 working citizens can get the coverage intended by the Affordable Care Act. This t-shirt campaign is to support her organization’s work by raising money, and by raising the issue in public view.
    http://teespring.com/expand-medicaid

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    February 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Dave, If the feds wanted to cover the people at that level then they should have taken their own measure rather than burdening the states with something they cannot afford and do not want. The federal government after all is the one with the printing press, not North Carolina. And people making that level are covered, there is this thing called the marketplace where you can get health insurance.

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